Less than a week after we reported that North Yorkshire’s Jolly Holly Jog will be a sell-out, another of the north’s New Year’s Eve events, the Ribble Valley 10K, has announced that has it has reached capacity. It seems that north of England runners really do want to cap off their running season with one final inscription on their 2017 racing CV.
With the race part of the North of England Athletics championships and known to offer PB potential, there is little surprise that the Ribble Valley race has, once again, had all of its places snapped up.
The 10K can be traced back to the early 1980s when Clayton Le Moors Harriers, Ron Hill’s club, first organised the race in the winter as the Clitheroe 10K, in parallel with the Clitheroe 10 Mile. Although the 10 miler fell by the wayside, the 10k race survived and is now organised by Blackburn Harriers.
The event returned last year after a one year hiatus after the 2015 staging was cancelled due to severe flooding. Like 2016, this year’s staging will incorporate the North of England Athletics 10K championships, meaning a host of elites are likely to compete.
Last year saw a top three of Marc Scott, Chris Farrell and Richard Allen – all dipping under 30 minutes, with Scott claiming victory in 29:33. Less than a second separated Chris Farrell (29:59) and Richard Allen, with the former edging victory. Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde’s Emily Japp secured a PB as she took the female title in 34:35, with Sarah Johnson (35:00) and Georgia Malir (35:20) claiming second and third respectively.
Keep an eye out for our Ribble Valley 10K race report in early January.